New Believers

We are sort of brainstorming in our church right now about the best way to handle new believers. So I have been looking at it from the youth ministry angle. I have decided to grab a couple of seniors and let them walk new believers through some sort of a program for a few weeks. This one on one will be good for the new believer and it will also give us the flexibility to start whenever we have a new person become a Christian.

What I was wondering is do you do anything similar, and if so what materials do you use? We are looking at the reworked Survival Kits right now (if you are Southern Baptist you have probably seen them at some time in the past.) The student books are still a little long for me. At eleven weeks there are just too many things that can go wrong. I like a short six week type thing. That gives a greater chance for success and more quickly assimilates the new Christian into groups with other believers.

So what about you? 

4 thoughts on “New Believers

  • December 7, 2007 at 9:15 PM
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    We haven’t actually started it yet, but for busy men with families someone meets with a couple of them for a long lunch once a month to learn some basics. This keeps them from being out another night out of the week. The leader does follow up throughout the week,

    For you guys, can I suggest that the seniors baptize the new believers? I don’t know if that’s appropriate to your faith tradition, but I like how it emphasizes the priesthood of all believers and the relationship between the new Christian and the mentor.

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  • December 9, 2007 at 5:07 AM
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    That is a good idea. In our tradition it is ordained people who do the actual baptizing, but I like the idea of their friends being in the water with them.

    (o and welcome back. I have missed you)

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  • December 10, 2007 at 10:00 AM
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    I’ve tried to keep up with you. But I also just had nothing pithy to say. I’ve been at my current church since February this year; I must have still been trying to get into the swing of things.

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  • December 19, 2007 at 8:22 PM
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    Polkville Baptist is working with new believers in sevaral ways. We have developed a How To Be a Christian link on our website (www.polkvillebaptist.com)which is an interactive coarse that one could work through at their own pace. We also have held study groups in which we use material put out by the North Ameriacan Mission Board called Beginning Step – A Growth Guide For New Believers as the cirriculum. I work with youth and the material is definitely not youthy in appearance but it is good material.

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